Extracurricular Activities

How Do I Tell Colleges About My Volunteer Work & Leadership Roles?

Question: I have done some volunteering, how do I submit my records to colleges when applying? Also, if I am a club officer, how can I show that or tell that to the colleges? College applications provide a place for you to list your most significant activities along with the opportunity to include the leadership ...

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Do I Have Too Many Extracurricular Activities?

Question: HI! I would like to know if too many extracurriculars hurt my admission odds to elite colleges. I have 7 extracurricular activities I have in mind that I would most likely be doing: Jazz Band, my church’s band, my own band, track, cross country, yearbook, and some coding stuff that I like to do ...

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“The Dean’s” Top 5 Extracurricular Activities

Question: I’m guessing you might have seen lots of impressive extracurriculars on this forum. May I ask you to list your top 5 extracurricular activities ? I’m curious about it. I have few good extracurriculars and I kinda want to compare them with other good ones.   “The Dean” is nearly 64-years-old. So  my current ...

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Importance of Extracurricular Activities in College Outcomes?

Question: How important are extra-curricular activities in the admissions process? On top of my head, I am an Eagle Scout, I have been Treasurer and President of my school’s Key Club, I have started a cancer foundation and founded an organization that teaches science and engineering/design to low-income elementary school students. My ACT score is ...

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Is this An Extracurricular?

Question: Throughout High School, I made political youtube videos for a youtube channel that caused me to get over 1,000 subscribers on the channel and noticed and favored by several large internet news organizations such as The Young Turks. Would this count as an extra-curricular?  Yep, this absolutely “counts” as an extracurricular activity, and college ...

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Anticipating Fall Applications

It’s summer. If you are a rising high school senior who will be applying to college this fall, regardless of how you’re spending this summer, you’re probably thinking about the college process now and then. Maybe you’re even obsessing about it. Hopefully, you’re doing something about it and being proactive. Don’t let your summer pass ...

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Extracurriculars that Strengthen College Applications

Question:  Thank You so much for all the great information you share on this forum! I have been getting tons of great advice for my kids. My daughter is in freshman year. Her career goal is to be a pediatrician or dentist. Besides taking relevant AP subjects and marching band in school, what extra-curriculars (individual ...

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A Process for Academic Success

For those of you high school students dreaming about going to college, what are your criteria for success? Do you have some kind of special mental image of yourself prospering academically, socially, and possibly athletically during your years behind the ivy walls? Visualization can be an important part of your preparation for college. You may ...

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A Brag Sheet to Brag About

How do you tell a college all about the many “activities” you’ve done and currently do, when you’re filling out your applications? This falls under the umbrella of what I call “student profile marketing.” Why should you do an “annotated” Activities List? As you may already know, college application forms don’t offer active students enough ...

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